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Pogba Lashes Out At Media Outlets Over 'Fake News' Stories

Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms up prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alex Pantling/Pool via AP)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms up prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alex Pantling/Pool via AP)

France midfielder Paul Pogba lashed out at a British tabloid on Monday and said he is taking legal action against media outlets who have reported that he is quitting international soccer.

MANCHESTER, England: France midfielder Paul Pogba lashed out at a British tabloid on Monday and said he is taking legal action against media outlets who have reported that he is quitting international soccer.

Using what it called various Middle Eastern news sources, British newspaper The Sun reported that Pogba would stop playing for Frances national team because of comments made by the countrys president, Emmanuel Macron, about Islam.

The Manchester United player, who is a practising Muslim, said he is appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated at being the subject of fake headlines amid current events in France.

In a post on Instagram, Pogba put a sticker saying UNACCEPTABLE FAKE NEWS over a screenshot of the article published by The Sun.

Pogba said the reports had created a gossip chain without caring it affects peoples lives and my life.

The Sun said Monday it had amended the original version of the article.

Macron this month denounced what he called an Islamist terrorist attack against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb and urged the nation to stand united against extremism.

I am against any and all forms of terror and violence, Pogba wrote in his Instagram post. My religion is one of peace and love and must be respected.

Pogba has played 72 times for France and was a member of its World Cup-winning team in 2018.

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